I can't say that I'm surprised that Melissa Rycroft didn't win the shiny Mirrorball trophy, even though I think her success story on the show was really quite lovely, but while Shawn Johnson is a good dancer, she is an Olympic athlete and had what I consider to be somewhat of an edge in terms of some of the other competitors. On the other hand, Gilles Marini, the Frenchman, brought his acting abilities to the dance, but didn't seem at first to have a lot of dance experience.
Frankly, the win by Shawn Johnson finally led me to conclude that the fan vote is a popularity contest, rather than a vote for someone who has the dance ability. After all, the U.S. Olympic athlete getting more votes than the relatively unknown in the U.S. French actor? It was never a contest, was it, despite the supposed 1% score difference. While I would have picked Gilles over Melissa, simply because of the charisma of his dancing versus Melissa's...well, physical beauty when she dances, I feel really sad for Cheryl Burke. A terrific partner and chance at the trophy this year, and another loss.
Ahh, nuts! :